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Latest posts by KT53

How much to charge...

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 08:07

Pond plants are expensive in the water garden centres but it's quite a specialist market.  Try your prices for the first hour and see how you go.  After that adjust accordingly.

Rabbit proofing - chicken wire - hole appeared!

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:16

Have you never seen "The Curse of the Wererabbit"!  It's a documentary made to look like an animation so as not to terrify the population.

How to choose and hire a landscape gardener

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 23:05

When we we're having our garden done I stated the intended size of the patio.  The reaction was "Are you building a patio or a helicopter landing pad?".  He thought the patio would be too big, and thankfully I took his advice.  It's still about 20 x 15!

Bye-bye bamboo

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 23:02

Thankfully, the dry weather has limited the growth of the grass so I've managed to avoid mowing for 3 weeks.  The bamboo shoots are showing the line of the runners so it should be comparatively straightforward, if damaging to the lawn, to get most of it out.  Then I'll need to keep an eye for any new growth and remove that too.

It will take time but I think it's achievable.  There are about half a dozen runners to trace.

How to choose and hire a landscape gardener

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:23

I posted on when I wanted some work done.  I gave a fairly detailed description of the work and the site allows 3 people to contact you by e-mail.  The people who came to me were all very professional, although 1 of them was more used to coppicing woodland than garden landscaping.

Bye-bye bamboo

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:19

I've finally dug out the last lump of the bamboo clump, but still have to trace about half a dozen runners and get them.  The bamboo itself didn't root too deep, only a matter of 6 inches or so.  The bigger problem was the roots of the buddleia and Rose of Sharon which were growing amongst the bamboo.

On the positive side I have about 50 canes now ranging from 4 to 13 feet in length, gave probably the same number to my neighbours and still donated about 100 to a local gardening club.  Yup, it was quite a stand of bamboo.

I'd always disagreed with those who said that bamboo is invasive, and I genuinely never had a problem until a couple of years ago when I had work done in the garden.  The people doing the work removed the timber I had buried in the soil to contain the bamboo and the bamboo went for freedom very quickly after that.

Raised Borders with Sleepers

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:52

Pressure treated timber probably doesn't need anything to protect it, but it can't do any harm to line the inner surface with plastic sheeting or similar. 

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:36

'Pottering...'  my comments weren't pointed at you.

border plants to plant now

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:55

It's certainly not the ideal time to get new plants as they will require a lot of watering until they settle in.  I am in the same situation of needing things to break up the bareness and give a bit of interest.  A couple of crocosmia will definitely give me some colour and a miscanthus for a bit of additional height where I'm digging out a bamboo.

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:49

I just use good leather gloves for most gardening jobs and they are also pretty thorn resistant.  As they are breathable I don't get any problem with them getting wet and sweaty inside.  If they do get wet on the outside I just leave them either in the window of the shed or under the car port.  They get the sun in either location and are nicely dried for when I next need them.

I have a lot of sympathy for Mowerman as I have also discovered some people here very ready to pick fights for no good reason.  Suggestion, if you have something useful, or helpful, to say then say it, otherwise button it!

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
Replies: 7    Views: 547
Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 445
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 411
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 458
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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